The Washington Redskins are tied to Kirk Cousins for one more season thanks to the franchise tag, but for the second straight year the two sides have been unable to agree on a long-term extension. There’s an obvious disconnect between Cousins and the Redskins’ front office, especially with former GM Scot McCloughan gone, and it’s led to some serious question marks regarding the team’s future at quarterback.
Jay Gruden, who’s coached Cousins for the past two seasons, isn’t getting involved in the situation. He has no say when it comes to the financial part of the negotiations, so he’s focused on the upcoming season and nothing else.
“My approach, really: I’m not gonna be concerned about it,” Gruden said, via the Washington Post. “I know he’s gonna be here this season, and that’s all I care about.
Cousins has played extremely well since becoming the full-time starter in 2015. In that span, he’s thrown 54 touchdown passes to just 23 interceptions, racking up more than 9,000 passing yards.
As good as he’s been the past two years, though, Gruden expects even more from him in 2017.
“Whatever happens, happens with him and his agent and our organization,” Gruden said. “He has got two good years under his belt in our system, and I think it’s gonna be very good for him. You’re gonna see major growth from him again.”
Cousins does have plenty of room to grow despite posting big numbers the past two years. He’s a volume passer who struggles with accuracy down the field, but he still has the potential to be a franchise quarterback.
The Redskins need Cousins to be at his very best each week, considering how poor their ground game is and the number of yards the defense allows.